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'Proud Homophobe' Jonathan Katz Cut from Oil Spill Panel

Katz The Energy Department dumped Jonathan Katz from its scientific team appointed to deal with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill after his anti-gay writings were brought to light earlier today, OutQ News reports:

"Stephanie Mueller told OutQ News: 'Dr. Chu has spoken with dozens of scientists and engineers as part of his work to help find solutions to stop the oil spill. Some of Professor Katz’s controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department’s efforts.'"

Katz is a self-proclaimed "proud homophobe" who in a paper blamed gays for the deaths of other people who contracted AIDS, saying, "Guilt for their deaths is on the hands of the homosexuals and intravenous drug abusers who poisoned the blood supply. These people died so the sodomites could feel good about themselves."

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  1. The Energy Department was right not to ignore Katz's ugly homophobia, and we should be equally vigilant against the ugly antisemitism that is showing up in some of the posts here. The answer to hate is not more hate.

    Posted by: Thomasina | May 18, 2010 9:43:27 AM

  2. "he sure is one ugly bitch!"

    I think you mean *was* one ugly bitch. The guy hasn't been photographed since 1975 -- that's the one and only photograph recycled everywhere, and it's obviously not of him today. Probably the camera breaks these days.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | May 18, 2010 10:00:03 AM

  3. I second that Thomasina

    Posted by: Felix | May 18, 2010 10:00:04 AM

  4. LOL... that pic does look very 70s

    Posted by: Wes | May 18, 2010 10:12:58 AM

  5. Oh Miss Celie, you sho is ugly!

    Posted by: Kurt | May 18, 2010 10:38:14 AM

  6. oh fuck you, tank. in what way was what i said antisemetic? generally, jews as a group are the most progressive. considering their history, i find it appalling that this piece of shit endeavors to stigmatize and scapegoat another group.

    as far as douchebaggery is concerned, you should know.

    Posted by: nic | May 18, 2010 12:26:54 PM

  7. Why do these closet queens always use photos of when they were in their 20s.

    This guy is in his 60s.

    Posted by: FunMe | May 18, 2010 2:07:40 PM

  8. The guy is clearly an idiot. Sadly, I'm not surprised to hear so much Anti-Semitism in response to this. Anti-Semitism is something I have lived with my whole life. I've come to expect it from most Xtians, in one form or another.

    We wouldn't have heard any references to Katz's religious beliefs if he had been Xtian, unless his hatred of Homosexuals had been based on a religious premise. There are just too many hypocrites here who are willing to condemn hating one group, by expressing their hatred for another group. Hate is okay with me when its deserved. But lets direct it where it belongs.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | May 18, 2010 2:12:08 PM

  9. Thomasina - Thank you.

    Tank - You actually spoke up against the anti-semitism here, so I'm not sure the comments have been about you (not that I know, I didn't make them).

    Posted by: gc | May 18, 2010 4:53:58 PM

  10. The Jew thing with gays is funny. Generally with the Manhattan gay (who aren't real New Yorkers, anyway) the rule is to like Jews but hate Israel.

    Posted by: JT | May 18, 2010 6:29:15 PM

  11. That's not what I find. The new antisemitism is called antizionism. It's okay to hate jews and wish for the annihilation of israel, aligning yourself with the most radical elements of islam (who desire another holocaust) long as you call it antizionism. It's the same old story with a new name. The people who advocate this are degenerates who are truly antisemitic...scum with respectable credentials, who use the plight of the palestinians as a club to voice their virulent antisemitism. And one can be sincerely concerned with the plight of palestinians, and their conflict with israelis (of which they are far from innocent)...without wishing for the israeli state to be destroyed...I mean, out of two hundred and fifty countries worldwide, israel hasn't behaved as badly as more than half of them to the palestinians (and america is a lot less commendable than israel in what it has done to native americans and immigrants and its own people...let's never forget the japanese internment camps, for examples)...yet it is only israel that they focus on and not these other states worldwide (over one hundred and twenty five)...very, very curious. I have no patience for these people, because they aren't interested in peace in the middle east (no one who advocates for the annihilation of israel cares about peace, israelis, or palestinians...they are in a world that only knows conflict and at the expense of other's lives)...they, like the radical islamists that are their ideological brethren (though, in reality, those same radical muslims would string them up like rabbits and disembowel them if they could...what with them being homosexuals and all) are antisemites...and the only thing that satisfies an antisemite is the spilling of jewish blood. That is why there is no place in enlightened society for them, and they should be ignored.

    Posted by: TANK | May 18, 2010 6:46:19 PM

  12. Whichever way you do it, Tank. I guess any position is debatable. But the general stereotype of Right Wingers hating Jews but loving Israel, and Left Wingers loving Jews but hating Israel, proves true with the Manhattan gay (with them choosing the latter position). It's rarely a thought-out position with them, it's just automatically adopted.

    Posted by: JT | May 18, 2010 6:52:50 PM

  13. P.S. - I basically agree with your own views on the Israel/Palestinian, etc., thing.

    Posted by: JT | May 18, 2010 6:54:49 PM

  14. Sure, any position is debatable...if you're a nihilistic sociopath...

    Posted by: TANK | May 18, 2010 6:55:23 PM

  15. Well....SOME of them really are nihilistic sociopaths, but I think the majority of those gays are merely too lazy to think. It's easier to just take a position, in an unquestioning way, and then just.....react as the gay is "supposed" to.

    Posted by: JT | May 18, 2010 11:00:03 PM

  16. It is not important what he looks like guys, his comments on hiv/aids demonstrate that he doesn't think clearly and isn't very scientifically minded.

    That alone is reason enough to take him off the panel.

    Posted by: mark | May 19, 2010 12:28:07 AM

  17. @tank,

    quit being such a cry-baby. i abhor cheap sentiment (thank you, bette davis). you conflate anti-semitism and anti-zionism. you conflate nihilism with psycopathology. wtf is wrong with you?

    Posted by: nic | May 19, 2010 12:58:53 PM

  18. I wouldn't get too worked up over him. He was one of my professors in grad school, and every year his crazy web page rants would cause a stir when somebody new found them. Nobody who has met him takes anything non-physics-related he said seriously - he's basically one of the most socially awkward people you can imagine (possibly high-funtioning autistic, and very likely a repressed homosexual) . He wouldn't even allow women to come to his office hours unless a third party was there. Though he is arguably a very good scientist, in a Rain Man sort of way (and probably would have made a good contribution to the panel), he is clearly quite disconnected from social realities or norms.

    Posted by: huh | May 19, 2010 3:44:12 PM

  19. I'd like to see actual evidence that Professor Katz, a scientist who is accomplished in many areas of practical and theoretical physics, was somehow distracting the team from completing their task. I would also like to see actual refutations from you people concerning his "controversial" writings. Do you want everyone to ignore the fact that homosexuals and illegal drug users act as vectors for the spread of HIV and other diseases? It's a damn shame that this scientist's inevitable contributions to the mitigation of this disaster are prevented because people like you have enough influence to have certain opinions labeled universally invalid. Actually, it goes beyond that: you want the dissemination of certain facts to be halted, and you wish for the destruction of the careers for anyone who dares to recite them, regardless of the accomplishments they have made and could make in their field.

    Dr. Katz himself writes about people like you. No, not homosexuals, but people who are against diversity of thought. Please read this:

    Posted by: Michael | May 25, 2010 12:54:30 AM

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